Letter to the editor: Look again at Afghanistan

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I cannot sit back and allow the letter to the editor in the Sept. 9 edition titled “Remember Afghanistan facts” to go unanswered. The letter said the Biden administration just continued the Trump administration’s agreement with the Taliban.

In fact, what the Trump agreement entailed was that the U.S. would not leave Afghanistan until a joint government was formed between the Taliban and Afghan government. In mid-April the Biden administration changed the date of the original agreement for the U.S. pullout from May 1 to Sept. 11 (later changed to Aug. 30).

The Biden administration at the time of that announcement stopped military assistance to the Afghan government military. Shortly after that the first of seven U.S. bases fell to the Taliban. Without U.S. military assistance the Afghan government military knew they were doomed. The last base, Bagram, fell on July 5 when the U.S. pulled out in the middle of the night without telling our Afghan and NATO allies we were going to do that.

The fact is that in mid-April when the U.S. stopped military assistance to the Afghan army and the Taliban started taking base after base without negotiating for a shared government with the Afghan government, the Trump agreement was broken.

Craig Fagerness

Highlands Ranch

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